Imaging of patients with implanted devices and arrhythmia

Nam Ju Lee, Harold I. Litt

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Abstract

Expanding implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) indications and significant morbidity and mortality reduction benefits have resulted in a large number of routine ICD implants with appropriate ICD shocks for ventricular arrhythmias. The side-effects and lack of long-term efficacy of antiarrhythmics have made ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation an increasingly attractive treatment option. Although cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is considered the gold standard technique for imaging of myocardial fibrosis to diagnose and guide VT ablation targets in patients with cardiac arrhythmia, safety concerns and significant artifacts from the devices significantly limit the application of CMR. We discuss how to decrease artifact from cardiac devices and the role of a modified inversion pulse late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) CMR sequence as a useful tool in this setting, and we review techniques, safety protocols and limitations from the perspective of our institution's experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbera1046
JournalSouth African Journal of Radiology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Implantable Defibrillators
Cardiac Arrhythmias
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Ventricular Tachycardia
Equipment and Supplies
Artifacts
Safety
Gadolinium
Shock
Fibrosis
Morbidity
Mortality
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Imaging of patients with implanted devices and arrhythmia. / Lee, Nam Ju; Litt, Harold I.

In: South African Journal of Radiology, Vol. 20, No. 2, a1046, 2016.

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Lee, Nam Ju ; Litt, Harold I. / Imaging of patients with implanted devices and arrhythmia. In: South African Journal of Radiology. 2016 ; Vol. 20, No. 2.
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